I’ve picked more than my fair share of strawberries this season. The first time I went picking, I took my daughter and grand kids, and we picked about 10 pounds of fresh strawberries. I made strawberry jam immediately, and we ate the strawberries that were left over. The strawberries were fresh and sweet, and even though it was January, it felt like spring was here.
I went last weekend and picked about another 10 pounds of strawberries. The strawberries in the middle of the end rows were extra-large and ripe. My grandson was wild; he picked and sampled strawberries as he gaited up and down the rows. It was cold this week here in Florida and it rained, so the patch was muddy in areas. He took off his boots and walked barefoot in the cold mud to keep from getting his boots dirty. He didn’t worry about the strawberry juice that was all over his face and jacket.
My granddaughter, who has yet to cut teeth, managed to stuff her mouth full of ripe strawberries—stem, hull, sand, and all.
I planned to make my favorite strawberry recipes this week: my grandmother’s strawberry jelly, strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake, and strawberry ice cream. I did make the jelly and ice cream, but not without a crisis. While I was simmering the strawberries to extract the juice, I was distracted (surfing the web) and forgot about them. All of the strawberry juice boiled up and out of the pot, down the front of the stove, under the stove, and all over the floor. I ended up with three jars of jelly and no more strawberries.
There’s always next weekend.
Pappy’s Strawberry Patch is located in Oviedo, Florida. It’s one of the local pick your own farms. From January to March you can pick strawberries for $2.50 a pound. They provide either quart containers or a 10 pound box, and then point you to an area of the patch ripe with berries.
Pappy’s re-opens in April for blueberry season.
Hmmm…blueberry cobbler, blueberry pie, blueberry muffins.
Pappy’s Patch U-Pick Strawberries
Oviedo, FL 32765